A comprehensive guide to making period clothes for living history, re-enactment, plays and pageants.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The title says "making common garments 1200-1500" and what it means is that it covers the basic components of an outfit from these periods, not necessarily that the garments are simple or bland. The patterns deal with the basic building blocks of:
* smocks, shirts, braies (undergarments and body linens),
* cotes, kirtles, doublets, hose (main garments)
* surcotes, cotehardies, gowns, cloaks, frocks (outer garments)
* hats, caps, coifs, hoods, barbettes, veil, etc (head-wear)
* belts, purses, pouches, gloves, aprons, etc (accessories)
None of the patterns deal specifically with very fashionable designs, but are perhaps quite non-descript in those terms. This leaves much room for personalization and individual designs, e.g. embroidery, pattern adaptation, and so on. The book does bring up ideas for finishing touches like lacing, buttons, tassels, pearls and that sort of thing.
My own opinion of the authenticity of these patterns is that the author appears very serious and a proponent of historically correct methods, materials, and patterns. There is a timeline, although not terribly in-depth, of when different styles in clothing began to appear, and there are some references to historical resources such as paintings and plates.Read more ›